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Truth in advertising

Local blogger Dan Masters recently found a video the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce produced about our fair city, and has some nice comments about it. "Life is Good in Round Rock, Texas" is a top-notch video, produced by Austin-based Megalomedia, and I encourage everyone to take a look at it (the You Tube video is embedded on Dan's blog). Dan and his family relocated to Round Rock from California, and he says the video accurately portrays our community.

Will Hampton
Communications Director


E148 said:

The video is mediocre at best. Almost all that was said in it can be said for most cities, especially those of less than 100,000 population. The population will not remain below 100,000 for much longer. I am guessing that by the 2010 census it will be greater than 100,000. At least it would not surprize me.

Truth in advertising is needed here. It does not show the congestion, bad drivers running stop signs thoughout town and yet you are going to put up, maybe half a dozen or so, red light cameras? Like that is going to improve anything. This area has the worst drivers in the state.

I moved here from Houston, in late 1992. I , like most people who move, was relatively happy and thought that RR was a nice place to live. It has changed radically. Back then the population was about 26,000 (1990 census)and RR was called the fastest growing small town in the US. Unfortunately, it has continued to grow. The population will about quadruple in about 20 years and in the next 20 years the population of this whole area is expected to double. Good now we can have twice as many bad drivers as we do now.

That is RR, not so much what the video portrayed.

# July 14, 2007 4:00 PM

idano said:

@ E148

I did not see anything in the video that was not true. In regards to the drivers I am not aware of any place, especially in Texas, that people do not drive like they do in RR. In fact I have seen worse other places in Texas.

In regards to the growth - they are up front about it.

Round Rock is growing and it is going to get bigger - this is why my family and I moved here. I can understand that this type of growth may not be for everyone and that is fine, but this video is up front about that and does not try to hide it.

Finally, the traffic issue are a direct result of the explosive growth and I see Round Rock addressing this. In the last 6 months the Toll road has been added and they are in the process of widening 79 to accommodate all the traffic coming THROUGH Round Rock from other cities that are growing (Hutto, Taylor, Georgetown). I am very impressed to see the cities response in this area especially compared to what I have seen in California and in the cities here in Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio). Traffic is WAY better in RR then over in Cedar Park and Leander (all take 35 over 183 any day).

I see Round Rock as very progressive and on the ball.

It may not be for everyone, but it is definitely for me!

# July 17, 2007 3:50 PM
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